Kerry Colleges senior football championship throws up two intriguing O’Sullivan Cup semi-finals

The Kerry faculties are inclined to be baseline for Kerry soccer, and it is no exaggeration to say that Kerry’s successes over the past 10 years have played a aspect in Kerry’s annexation of the Sam Maguire Cup this year.

he script for the yr ahead in faculties football already seems interesting, with Presentation Milltown’s entry to the Munster Championship (Corn Uí Mhuirí) an fascinating and intriguing addition to the mix.

St Brendan’s Killarney are the reigning Munster champions, Mercy Mounthawk gained the Frewen Cup with some excellent shows, whilst Tralee CBS saw off Coláiste na Sceilge in very last year’s O’Sullivan Cup Remaining.

The Kerry Colleges SFC (O’Sullivan Cup) is the early benchmark for the Kerry educational facilities, and four sturdy teams struggle it out today (Wednesday) to arrive at the closing.

Kerry Colleges SFC (O’Sullivan Cup) Semi-finals

St Brendans Killarney v Tralee CBS

Wednesday, Oct 5
Lewis Highway, Killarney at 1pm

The Sem and The Green absolutely dominate the O’Sullivan Cup roll of honor and are 1st and joint 2nd on the record of Corn Uí Mhuirí winners. Any clash involving them tends to be hard-fought, and this 1 ought to be no exception. The Sem gained their quarter-last with a little bit to spare, -16 to -6, versus a Colaiste na Sceilge side who conquer them in this opposition final year. Star of the exhibit was Luke Crowley. He experienced -6, 2f in the very first 50 percent alone and Cillian Courtney had -3 as The Sem led by -9 to -3 by fifty percent-time.

Worryingly for the Sem, Crowley departed with injury early on the restart, but the tricky function was now carried out. In fairness, Coláiste na Sceilge have been lacking some top rated players on the day (they will be a substantially harder proposition when the sides meet in the Corn Uí Mhuirí), but The Sem’s quick and correct participate in bodes perfectly for the long run. Other stand-outs have been Sean Fitzgerald and Maidhcí Lynch in defense, Darren Ryan in midfield, and Aodhan O’Neill and Jack Costello up entrance.

Tralee CBS defeat Presentation Milltown by -10 to -7 in their quarter-final. Push. Milltown are new young ones on the block in conditions of senior football – this is their to start with calendar year competing in the Corn Uí Mhuirí, but that will come as no shock as the faculty has revealed excellent progress in recent decades. They induced a sensation by defeating a hotly fancied St Brendans outfit in the 2019 Dunloe Cup closing and Mid Kerry’s exceptional demonstrating in the Slight County Championship (getting rid of the ultimate in a replay) and the U-15 County Last (shedding to Tralee) displays that they are drawing from a deep effectively of talent.

This game was a slow burner, with both sides actively playing a rather defensive model of soccer, but 3 unanswered points in the second quarter gave Milltown a deserved -6 to -2 direct at half-time. Absolutely free-taker Dara Hohan and significant-fielding Kerry minimal Liam Evans were being superb for Milltown, even though the experienced Ben Hanafin was leading Tralee’s resistance and performed a stormer all through. The Green are not reigning champions for nothing at all, and the introduction of Jerh. Brosnan and Darragh Cunnane turned the tide in their favour.

SP Sliabh Luachra v Mercy Mounthawk

Wednesday, Oct 5
Fossa at 1pm

The quarter-final clash amongst SP Sliabh Luachra and IS Killorglin was most likely the tie of the quarter-finals, with pretty minimal between two best teams. Rathmore was less than the cosh early on and trailed by 1-9 to 1-5 at fifty percent-time irrespective of Dara Nagle’s target. Killorglin have been well on best, and Rathmore could be grateful for some sterling defending by Daniel Sheehan and Pádraig Moynihan.

Kerry slight star Fionn Murphy in midfield was the most effective player on see, whilst bringing full forward Sean Finnegan out to the forty helped to reinvigorate Sliabh Luachra. Nevertheless, they trailed by 1-15 to 1-9 getting into the third quarter and things appeared bleak for them. Even so, a storming finish that saw Finnegan select off 1-1 and even more scores from James Doyle, Fionn Murphy, and Dara Nagle saw them hit 1-6 without having reply to book their spot in the past four.

Mercy Mounthawk are on everybody’s radar. They gained the Frewen Cup in consummate design and style final 12 months (and really should be formidable all over again at the grade this 12 months). That said, they obtained a very authentic challenge against PS Corca Dhuibhne, conceding 3 aims to Cian Cinnéide, Cathal Dufaigh and Sean Fianachta and keeper Michael Tansley generating two wonderful saves. Star of the show was Darragh O’Connor up entrance with 2-8, with Paddy Lane contributing 1-2, Niall Collins 1-1.

Rob Monahan’s performances in midfield for St. Brendans attained large plaudits in this year’s County Championship, and he contributed -4 in another stellar exhibit. Mercy Mounthawk led by nine details at half-time, but Corca Dhuibhne modified brilliantly and a storming third quarter noticed them slice the gap back to two factors.

It was Mercy Mounthawk’s switch to come across one more equipment, and they duly did so to complete very strongly with a deserved gain but maybe a a little flattering margin. 4-15 to 3-8 – you won’t see scorelines like that way too frequently this year!

Wednesday, October 5

O’Sullivan Protect Semi-finals

Coláiste na Sceilge v Presentation Milltown in Glenbeigh at 1pm

IS Killorglin v PS Chorca Dhuibhne in Keel at 1pm

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